• University of Glasgow

Cultural Representations of Death and Dying: Weeks 1 - 12

Examine how death and dying have been represented in popular culture visual arts, and literary genres over the last half century.

stack of books on death and dying for general readership
  • Duration

    12 weeks
  • Weekly study

    10 hours

This course examines how death and dying have been represented in popular culture (e.g. film, TV, mainstream fiction), visual arts (e.g. fine art, photography) and literary genres (e.g. creative non-fiction) over the last half century. Students will be introduced to methods of visual and literary analysis and learn to identify specific cultural tropes used to represent the end of life. There will be in-depth case studies from different artistic genres and different countries, examining the maker’s motivation, the specific form chosen, and the reception. Students will be able to choose a specific artistic genre to examine in more depth and will have the opportunity to create a piece of work in that genre for assessment.

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

Who is the course for?

This is the course for learners undertaking the ‘Cultural Representations of Death and Dying’ programme, as part of the University of Glasgow End of Life Studies Degree.

Who will you learn with?

I am Senior Lecturer in Social Science and Director of the Glasgow End of Life Studies Group. I am a social and visual anthropologist and specialise in cultural aspects of ageing and dying.

Who developed the course?

The University of Glasgow

Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world. It is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities.

  • Established

  • Location

    Glasgow, Scotland, UK
  • World ranking

    Top 70Source: QS World University Rankings 2020

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